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mow down

1. To trim something, usually grass or other such growth. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Our yard is looking so unkempt because I haven't had time to mow down the grass in weeks. You need to mow down those sideburns, bud!
2. To knock someone or something down with great force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Their biggest defenseman mowed down our star center. The neighbor kid drives so fast down the street that I'm worried he's going to mow the kids down.
3. To harm or incapacitate a large group. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." A weapon like that could mow down thousands of enemy soldiers.
4. To overpower someone or something or render them ineffective. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Their potent offense totally mowed down our defense.
See also: down, mow

mow the/(one's) lawn

1. Literally, to cut the grass in one's lawn or yard using a mower. I need to go mow the lawn before it starts to rain.
2. slang To comb one's hair. Go mow your lawn before church.
3. slang To smoke marijuana. Just tell your parents you're going to mow the lawn with us—they won't know what you mean.
See also: lawn, mow

mow, blow, and go

Of or relating to a quick, cheap, rudimentary lawn care service in which one cuts the grass, blows the clippings away with a leaf-blower, and then departs. Typically put in quotation marks or hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun. We are not some mow, blow, and go company—we pride ourselves on detail-oriented, high-quality lawn services. I worked on a mow-blow-and-go crew for the summer. The money wasn't great, but it was all in cash so I didn't have to pay any taxes on it. By the time I took over the company, it had been tarnished with a "mow, blow, and go" reputation thanks to the crummy practices of the previous owner.
See also: and, go
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

mow someone or something down

to cut, knock, or shoot someone or something down. The speeding car almost mowed us down. The car mowed down the pedestrian.
See also: down, mow
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

mow down

1. Destroy in great numbers, especially in battle, as in The machine gun mowed them down as they advanced. [Late 1500s]
2. Overwhelm, as in He mowed down the opposition with his arguments. This usage, like the first, alludes to mowing, the cutting of grass with a scythe or other implement.
See also: down, mow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

mow down

1. To trim back or cut down something that grows from the ground: Unfortunately, you didn't just cut the grass—you mowed down all the potato plants. We mowed the brush down with scythes.
2. To destroy or incapacitate someone or something as if by cutting or driving into the ground: The machine gunners mowed down hundreds of enemy troops within the first ten minutes of fighting. I tried to tackle the runner, but he just mowed me down. The gang drove by with machine guns and mowed the informant down in front of his house.
3. To overwhelm someone or something: The experienced debater mowed down the opposition with persuasive arguments.
See also: down, mow
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

mow, blow, and go

n. the lawn service that quickly mows the grass, blows the pavements clean, and leaves. Now you see them and now you don’t. It’s mow, blow, and go time.
See also: and, go

mow the lawn

and mow one’s lawn
tv. to comb one’s hair. I’ll be with you as soon as I mow the lawn. Don’t you think you better mow your lawn?
See also: lawn, mow

mow one’s lawn

See also: lawn, mow
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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They can mow grass that is 12 inches (0.3 meter) high and mulch the long clippings into fine pieces.
So, in order to help meet the needs of local MOW organizations, MOWAA initiated a new program: We All Love Our Pets (WALOP).
(See for a list of sites.) Though all sizes of bags were appreciated, MOW volunteers noted that small bags--five to 10 pounds--are easiest for homebound individuals (who are often seniors) to handle and keep fresh.
Use it to clear the edges of fields, mow along stonewalls, under and around fences, and on steep or wet ground impossible for heavy machinery.
* On hillsides, mow up and down the slope for riding mowers; walk-behind is across the slope.
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The first mow of the year is really important as it removes any dead grass tips left over from the winter and stimulates growth to help your lawn grow greener and more thickly.
He writes in a handbook for would-be terrorists: "The idea is to use a pick-up truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass, but mow down the enemies of Allah."
That means you can mow about 1.5 acres on a single charge.
The Barley Mow and Birtley Housebound Club meets from 10am on Fridays in the Barley Mow Village Hall.
Regan came back with Mows in his mouth." The animals are best of friends at the house in Sangness Drive but the family thought they may never see Mow again after she vanished.
* Do mow slopes steeper than 2.5:1 with a side-mounted mower on a boom if the tractor unit remains on flatter surfaces while mowing.
In 1988, a petition was filed with 68 signatures asking the city to make her mow it all down to what they considered an acceptable height.
Three other basic mowing recommendations are to maintain mower blade sharpness, sharpen once a season; mow when the turf is dry; and avoid making sharp turns when mowing.
The battery powered Neuton lawn mower is for those neighbors who like to mow their lawns at 6 every Saturday morning.